There is a saying that I heard once in light of the current social climate and it went something to the effect of “not everything has to be about everything.”
What I gathered from that is that there are times where it is alright to sit and talk about something that isn’t some life and death social issue. Sometimes people just need a break from the world.
For example, about a year and a half ago I ended up on the same flight as a baseball player who was traveling across country for go visit some family. We spend about three or four hours on the flight sitting next to each other with maybe two minutes of baseball talk between the two of us and the rest ended up being about movies and things like that.
The reason is that you have to be aware of the people around you and understand that not everyone wants to talk about everything all the time. Hell, Colonel Sanders eventually got tired of eating fried chicken after a while.
However, liberals seem to think that everyone has to make a public stand about every single thing out there. Thankfully there are folks that understand that not everything has to be an ideological sermon.
While a number of celebrities have readily jumped into the political fray, one country singer has opted to stay completely out of it. Reba McEntire has made it clear she has no intention of joining Cher, Bette Midler, Alyssa Milano, Taylor Swift, George Takei, James Woods, and others in political punditry.
When asked about her stance on publicly speaking about politics by The Hill’s ITK, McEntire had this to say, “That’s not my job.” But she didn’t bash her fellow celebrities who opt to speak out.
“That’s why it’s so great to live here in the United States of America. You can vote in and say what you want to, and you can choose not to say what you want to.”
Although she sang “The Lord’s Prayer” at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, McEntire has consistently kept herself far removed from personal political expression. In 2017, while appearing on “The View,” she also expressed her feelings about celebrities staying out of politics.
In addressing what would happen if she did speak out during a performance, Reba stated, “My fans would be shocked, because I take it this way. They have paid their hard-earned money to come in there and fill a seat, no parking, getting something at the concession stand, going to eat before the concert.”
“And, I am there to entertain them. To take their worries away from them.”
“So when they walk out they can kinda have a little lilt in their step, and just be going, ‘Ah, that was such a great break from all the problems that I have to deal with during daily life.’ So, I am not going to give them my political views. That’s not my job.”
Co-host Joy Behar said that some might avoid talking politics because it might hurt their brand. But McEntire countered that it was about respect for the fans and her job to entertain, not money.